|Barked: Mon Feb 1, '10 12:03pm PST |
|Asked a few months ago, I would have said resoundingly YES to that--they are made to digest it, they need the enzymes, etc. My Boston, Truman, has been on raw his whole life, weaned to it. His mom ate raw while pregnant, etc. When I got him home, I of course experimented at times with Orijen or the home-cooked stuff I was giving my senior retriever at the time (I then changed her to raw and it was AMAZING). He seemed to to better always on raw, and so after an initial time of testing, we were again on raw all the time.
At about 8-9 mos, he began developing skin issues. I thought it was allergies to the beef I was feeding (greentripe.com, grass-fed, hormone free, etc), so I tried different things like duck, turkey, buffalo, basically anything I could find; his skin stayed red regardless. The hives would get better or worse.
So I did a yeast cleanse--thinking that an antibiotic shot he had gotten when he was 9 months old may have triggered this skin deal. Did that for 4 months, not much change. Over the holidays, to preserve my sanity (small house, relatives visiting), I switched to Addiction. He cleared up some. Then last week, I decided to try him on Orijen Regional Red and Ziwipeak as we are selling our house--it has to remain immaculate and dog-smell free. Plus I have no time for raw. What do you know? He looks better on that than he has in months!!!
So I asked my best friend who is a holistic vet, and very raw-friendly, if she thought some dogs just can't handle raw. I'm thinking that maybe Truman just can't handle the extra bacteria load--I KNOW dog's GI tracts are acidic and are MADE for raw and bones, but what if his particular biochemistry isn't typical? She said it's totally possible--every dog's body is different just as every human is an individual.
Anyone hear of some dogs doing better on cooked rather than raw?? I hate to admit that it could be true because I so agree with feeding raw, but I'm seeing this in my dog!! I would never have believed it had I not seen it and fully expect to hear that I'm wrong, but what if??
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